ACT Welcomes Labour Into The Foreshore Fold

Thursday, December 9, 2010

ACT Deputy Leader John Boscawen was today pleased to see that the Labour Party has gotten on board and will join ACT in opposing the Government’s proposed Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill.


“Yesterday I advised the National Party members of the Maori Affairs Select Committee that they continue to push this Bill at their own peril – clearly the Labour Party members took that advice on board,” Mr Boscawen said.


“I can only hope that the Government will also realise the futility of continuing on with this Bill.  Almost every other Party in Parliament has followed ACT’s example and is refusing to support the Bill, and it will not be long before the Maori Party – already under immense pressure from its supporters – opposes it as well.


“The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill satisfies no one and National effectively stands alone – not just in Parliament, but in all of New Zealand – in wanting it passed into law.
“The writing is on the wall: this Bill is doomed.  I urge the National Party to save face and simply withdraw the Bill now, rather than suffer the indignity of failing to push it through the House,” Mr Boscawen said.